Atlanta Falcons’ wide receiver Roddy White and his Keep the Faith Foundation held a back-to-school giveaway Saturday at the Lawrenceville Boys and Girls Club. The event saw almost 400 kids receive various supplies, including backpacks, pens, pencils, notebook paper and folders. (Photo: Chris Stephens)
LAWRENCEVILLE — Education is the way to the future. For Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White that belief is what holds true and it shows as his Keep the Faith Foundation held a back-to-school giveaway Saturday at the Lawrenceville Boys and Girls Club.
The event saw almost 400 kids receive various supplies, including backpacks, pens, pencils, notebook paper and folders.
“Anything that’s on a school supply list is here,” Rory Johnson, the senior executive director of the Lawrenceville Boys and Girls Club. “It gives kids everything they need to start for the school year.”
For White, education is key for a successful future.
“I believe in doing whatever I can to support and encourage children in their academic endeavors,” he said. “I hope these school supplies will help students and their parents start the school year off on a strong note.”
For parent Dwight Anglin, having kids ages 7, 9 and 11 is trying. But having the boys and girls club, in addition to athletes like White supporting education is very important.
“It’s awesome that White is giving back to the community,” he said. “He’s showing that education is priority number one, which is something all parents should get in line with. Athletics shouldn’t be the first priority.”
Anglin said he’s seen multiple kids have athletics as a bigger priority over academics and then find out later in life that they’re going nowhere athletically.
“It’s all about getting proper education,” he said. “If you get injured, you’re done. What are you going to have to fall back on? For some, it’s education. For others, they don’t have that.”
Eight-year old Jasean Sutherland was excited to get his school supplies.
“I like the kit they gave me,” the rising fourth grader said. “It’s going to help me in school.”
For Johnson, teaming with White was a no-brainer.
“At the Boys and Girls Club, we stress education to the kids,” he said. “That’s where the investment need to be…in education.”